Diary

Giveaway! And other stuff!

“Ginger and Gentlemen”, the third novella in the Recipe for Romance series, is coming out next week! It’ll be out July 24 from Torquere Press, and we’re hosting a chance to win a free digital copy here. Enter to win between now and July 24!

Some of our readers have mentioned their fondness for our snarky executive chef, Stephen Pierce, so his fans may be glad to know that while this isn’t his and Robert’s story (that’s “Cinnamon and Seduction”, which will be coming out November 6), Stephen plays a larger role in this story than he has in the previous two.

In “Ginger and Gentlemen”, Stephen is filming a special for the Gourmet Network with Max Boyd as his director, and he’s suggested featuring his little brother’s restaurant. Ian Pierce owns his own diner, The Filling Station, in Hickory Bend, SC, which specializes in classic Southern comfort food like chicken and pastry, collards, and seafood boils. The food and the setting are both perfect for Stephen’s show, but unfortunately, the brothers haven’t been on good terms since… Well, ever.

Nine years apart, they had little in common while growing up, and their father drove a wedge between them when he focused all of his time and attention on molding Stephen into the perfect chef to continue the Pierce legacy and ignored Ian. Now Ian has to try to put aside all of his anger, jealousy, and resentment in order to work with Stephen because he’s in danger of losing his diner, and he desperately needs the money that doing the show will bring.

For Ian, the diner represents more than a means of earning a living. It’s his lifelong dream, and it’s his way of thumbing his nose at his father and brother. After a lifetime of being compared to Stephen and found lacking, he’s desperate to prove he’s capable of emerging from under Stephen’s shadow and succeeding as a chef in his own right.

Meanwhile, Ian’s best friend, Matt Davis, is working his own angle, convincing Max to add a bonus to Ian’s contract and putting up the money for it himself because he’ll do anything to help Ian avoid losing his diner. But Ian is fiercely proud and independent, determined to succeed on his own, and if he finds out that Matt has gone behind his back like this, it could spell the end of their friendship — and Matt will lose the man he loves.

For this story, I wrote Ian, and I have to say, he’s one of the most fun characters I’ve ever written. Ian is snarky and outspoken, and he constantly surprised me with the uninhibited dialogue that popped out of his mouth. That may sound weird, but I’m sure there are plenty of writers out there who know exactly what I mean when I say Ian is one of those characters who has a mind of his own, and I didn’t so much write him as hand over the keys, sit quietly in the passenger seat, and hold on while he took over the ride.

This boy knew what he wanted, and he made sure to tell me as well as the other characters in the story. Fortunately, Matt is much more easy-going, and he didn’t mind Ian’s forcefulness. Like Stephen and Robert, they’re very much a yin-yang match, but even if Matt had balked, Ian knows all he has to do is whip up a batch of gingersnaps using his own secret recipe, designed and perfected just for Matt, to make Matt come running.

As an aside, I’d like to point to our various social media accounts. Some of them see more use than others, because hours in the day, etc. but we do try to keep fairly involved!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ari-Mckay/266185570179748
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AriMcKay1
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6153630.Ari_McKay
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ari-McKay/e/B00CHBT3NA
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/arimckay/boards/

I’ve also added widgets from Goodreads on our short stories, novellas, and novels pages so that each individual entry has a button that will let you add that story/novella/novel to your Goodreads shelf right from our site!

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Blood Bathory giveaway!

Blood Bathory: Like the Night, a paranormal adventure novel from Torquere Press, is coming out in just a couple of weeks, and we’re giving away an autographed print copy to one lucky reader!

Evan St. John, a young fashion photographer running from the pain caused by the death of his younger sister, is thrilled when he is offered a job with House of Nadasdy, a leading fashion house in Paris. What he doesn’t know is that Elizabeth Nadasdy, the elegant and powerful owner, is not at all what she seems on the surface; she is actually a centuries-old vampire with a penchant for collecting beautiful people, and to Evan’s horror and against his will, he is turned into one of her “children”.

Unable to bear what he has become, Evan flees back to New York and to his best friend, police officer Will Trask. For years, he has nursed an unrequited love for Will, but he also knows Will is the one person who might be able to help him. As Evan and Will grow closer and deal with Evan’s condition, they are drawn into the world of the theriomorphs: shape-shifters who are guardians of life and the sworn enemies of vampires. Caught in a ancient war between two powerful supernatural forces, Evan and Will find they must choose sides — because if they are to have any chance of ever being together, they must destroy Elizabeth Nadasdy before she destroys them.

 

Go HERE to enter! You can enter to win every day between now and July 4!

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Another Giveaway!

Yep! We’ve got two giveaways going on right now, one to celebrate our one year anniversary as published authors and one to celebrate the publication of our first full length novel.

The new giveaway is available HERE! You can enter to win a free autographed print copy of our historical Western novel, Heart of Stone, which is being released on June 3. The giveaway will run through June 4, and we’ll pick a winner on June 5!

Meanwhile, our one year anniversary is still going strong! The prizes are a copy of “Love’s Cabers Tossed”  and a copy of “Once and Future Love”. The giveaway will run through May 31 with the winner being chosen on June 1, when the Daily Dose stories become available.

To enter the one year anniversary giveaway, please go here on Facebook or here!

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One Year Anniversary Giveaway!

On June 1, 2012, our first original short story, “Once and Future Love”, was published as part of Dreamspinner’s Daily Dose anthology. The theme was time travel, and the word count limit was 18,000 words.

This year, the June Daily Dose theme is sports, and the word count limit is still 18,000 words. We’re proud to have another story in the collection this year, “Love’s Cabers Tossed”, which will be published on June 1, 2013.

To celebrate the first anniversary of becoming professional, published authors, we’re holding another giveaway! This time, the prizes will be a copy of “Love’s Cabers Tossed”  and a copy of “Once and Future Love”. The giveaway will begin tomorrow (May 19) and will run through May 31 with the winner being chosen on June 1, when the Daily Dose stories become available.

To enter, please go here on Facebook or here!

Love’s Cabers Tossed – 

At the Coastal Carolina Highland Games, baker Martin Fletcher receives an unexpected visitor in the form of Fergus, Lyall McLannan’s escaped sheltie. When Fergus accidentally causes Martin to sprain his ankle, Lyall comes to the rescue, helping Martin run his booth at the Games. Unfortunately, Lyall doesn’t know a thing about baking, but he manages to avoid both disaster and Martin’s wrath by attracting patrons with his and Fergus’s showmanship.

Martin accepts Lyall’s invitation to stay in his RV during the fair, getting to know the lawyer-turned-Highlander he’s watched from afar. Martin is captivated by Lyall’s charm… and the tantalizing view of him in a kilt. Entranced by Martin’s dedication to his work and love for Fergus, Lyall sets out to woo him with starlight and bagpipe music, because he’s discovered opposites can attract and love can be found in the most unexpected circumstances.

Once and Future Love – 

Anthony Davis, A-list Hollywood star, is adored by millions for his talent and striking good looks. Approaching fifty and feeling the pressure of competing with younger stars, he realizes that despite all he’s achieved, he’s alone and lonely. Then Anthony encounters Rob Harrison, who tutored him in college, at a fundraiser. Despite the chemistry between them back then, Anthony chose his career over love, and he recognizes the mistake he made at last. As he leaves the fundraiser, he glimpses a shooting star and makes a hopeless wish… asking for another chance with Rob.

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Recipe for Romance giveaway!

To celebrate the new release of our next novella in the Recipe for Romance series, we’re giving away a copy of Bay Leaves & Bachelors and Fennel and Forgiveness, which will be published on May 8! The giveaway will begin on April 29 and run through May 7, and copies of the two Recipe novellas will be emailed to one lucky winner on May 8.

To enter, please go HERE on Rafflecopter or HERE on Facebook starting Monday morning!

 

fennelandforgivenessDarius Cooper, Maitre d’ of upscale Montgomery House, isn’t entirely pleased when owner Rhys Montgomery decides to allow the Gourmet Network to use the restaurant for an episode of a reality show. But if he thought that was bad, discovering the show’s director is his former lover, Max Boyd, is nearly catastrophic. Max is the only man Dare has ever loved, and he’s spent seven years fruitlessly trying to erase Max from his mind and heart.

Max was young and immature when he and Dare were together, but now he’s a different man, and ready to settle down into the kind of relationship he wasn’t prepared for back then. He’s never found anyone else who affects him the way Dare does, and he wants Dare back in his life, but the only problem is Dare isn’t the forgiving sort. Between dealing with bridezillas and Executive Chef Stephen Pierce, Max has his hands full. Fortunately he has a ninja-Cupid in the form of Stephen’s PA Robert Logan on his side – but Max still isn’t certain if Dare will forgive him, or if he’s blown his only chance at true love after all.

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Valentine’s Day Give-Away!

fortunesslingsandcupidsarrowsTo celebrate the most romantic day of the year, we’re giving away a free copy of our up-coming Valentine’s Day novella, “Fortune’s Slings and Cupid’s Arrows”!

This story takes background characters mentioned in “Santa’s Naughty Helper” and brings them to the forefront for their very own Valentine’s Day romance!

Dane Coulter is so far in the closet, he can’t even see the door – not even when his father forces him into an engagement he doesn’t want. Randolph Coulter rules his family with an iron fist, and Dane is so concerned about his mother’s happiness that he is willing to sacrifice his own. But when his best friend Cal seduces him in a desperate attempt to make Dane confront the truth about himself before he makes a terrible mistake, it only complicates matters and drives a wedge between them. Now Dane is alone, and he has to make a decision. Can he stand up to his father and fight for his own happiness, or will he lose Cal forever?

Our give-away will run through February 12, and one lucky person will win a free copy of the story, which will be emailed to them on its release day (February 13). Good luck!

To enter the give-away, please GO HERE!

Or HERE: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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More for Christmas!

On 19 December our novelette “Santa’s Naughty Helper” will be published by Torquere. In this story, an office secret gift exchange becomes the way by a which a shy lawyer woos the man of his dreams. This was one so much fun to write, and I hope everyone enjoys it!

December 1 is still the publication date for our other holiday offering, “On The Rocks”, in Dreamspinner’s “Evergreen” Daily Dose anthology. The path to true love isn’t always easy, but sometimes a little help from a cinematic angel can make all the difference.

Thanks to everyone who is reading “Bay Leaves and Bachelors”! We’ve been so pleased with the reception it has gotten! We have plans for other folks at Montgomery House, so stay tuned!

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Coming soon!!!

We’re excited to have several publications coming in the next couple of months!

First on the list will be our first novella, entitled “Bay Leaves and Bachelors”, which will be at Torquere in their “Spice It Up” line. We’re excited because we really love working in a longer format, as many of our long-time fans know, and so this is definitely more up our alley! It will be released on November 7th.

Next, about 1 December, we will have a story coming out at Dreamspinner as part of their “Evergreen” holiday collection. Entitled “On The Rocks”, it’s all about resolving misunderstandings and finding love with the person you’re truly meant to be with.

On 30 January, we have another story at Torquere, in their Color Box line – “Caribbean Blues”. If you enjoy rebounds, love at first sight, and happy endings, this story is for you!

We’re currently working on another holiday story that we hope will be accepted and published in mid-December. We also just submitted a novel, and we’re biting our nails in hope that it will be published.

As the holidays approach, we hope everyone stays safe and enjoys a little romance in their lives!

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Halloween!!!

We just received word from Torquere that our sixth story (although in publishing order it will be third!), “A Hundred Lonely Halloweens”, will be published on October 17th! This is so exciting, because as McKay pointed out, we will have had releases in September, October, November, and December of this year!  We don’t have a date for Caribbean Blues yet, but if it’s in January, that would be awesome. Keep your eyes on this space, hopefully there will be more good news to come!